Richt, Bulldogs brace for massive recruiting weekend

A staggering number of prospects will converge on Athens and Sanford Stadium this weekend as Georgia plays host to Auburn.

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt couldn’t say exactly what will be the number, which includes recruits and their family and guests. But in general such weekends can range from 250 to 400.

“We’ve got a lot. It’s big. It’s very big,” Richt said this week. “It’s about what you’d expect for Georgia-Auburn. I couldn’t even tell you the number that it is. But I know as we cover the names that are coming in, not only is it a long list but it’s a list of outstanding players.”

There is a little bit of it all in this group. There will be at least five 5-star prospects on campus. There will be three players that rank No. 1 at their respective positions by at least one recruiting service — linebacker Jeff Luc (pronounced Luck) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., cornerback  LaMarcus Joyner of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and safety Matt Elam of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

There will be unofficial visitors and official visitors, such as linebacker Deon Rogers and wide receiver Kenny Shaw. There will be committed prospects, uncommitted prospects and prospects that are committed elsewhere such as defensive end Corey Crawford (Clemson) and Telvin Smith (Florida State). There will be 2010 targets, 2011 targets and even 2012 targets.

That’s the good news. The bad news is the Bulldogs will be hosting so many people that it will be a challenge to give them all the attention they deserve.

“It’s going to be a day that’s going to be very difficult to manage because you want to spend time with all these people,” Richt said. “You want to let them know how much you care about them and how much you think about then. When there’s such a massive number it’s very difficult to give everybody the amount of love you feel they they deserve. But that’s a good problem to have.”

Good thing the Bulldogs have a 7 p.m. game. Richt and his coaching staff will be in full-blown recruiting mode early in the morning before shifting into game mode the last couple of hours before kickoff.

“If it’s a 12:30 kickoff it’s so difficult to get that many people where you need them and to spend the time with them,” Richt said. “A lot of times at 12 o’clock or 12:30 many of them are showing up after the ‘Dawg Walk.’ You may see them only briefly on the sideline as you’re warming up. And afterward it’s very hard for me to see anybody because of the media responsibilities and the coach’s show responsibilities that I have. So the best shot I have to see some of these young men and their families is if it is a later game.”

Georgia hasn’t had such a massive recruiting weekend since it played Auburn in 2005. That year was similar to this one in that Georgia had played the majority of the previous month or so away from Athens and had not had a comparable marquee game when it was at home. The Bulldogs have played just one game at Sanford Stadium since hosting LSU on Oct. 3 and that was Tennessee Tech last week.

“I believe that was as big as we’ve had,” Richt said. “I know that was one of the biggest we’ve ever had as far as trying to manage a large, large number of people and a large number of very highly-regarded prospects.”

That game didn’t turn out so well. Georgia lost 31-30 in a dramatic finish. But there was a happy ending in recruiting. The Bulldogs’ Class of 2006 was ranked No. 4 in the nation.

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St. Simon's Daddy

November 13th, 2009
8:17 am

Calhoundawg

November 13th, 2009
8:18 am

First! Go Dawgs !!!!

Calhoundawg

November 13th, 2009
8:19 am

Dang, missed it by one minute. Go Dawgs !!!!

JB

November 13th, 2009
8:24 am

Well, we win either way……we get blown out, these guys will think , Man, I can come in here and help these dudes. Or, We win, they say, I want to be part of this.wow.

macclenny_dawg

November 13th, 2009
8:31 am

Three possible #1 prospects on defense thinking of Georgia!!! Wow I hope they know something that we don’t!! That is Martinez is gone after the next 3 games!!!

CMR Wins the 2009 George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open

November 13th, 2009
8:53 am

Remember, when it all starts to fall apart….

NO cussing at UGA players.
NO throwing cups/ice at UGA players.
NO spitting at UGA players.

This isn’t 1999.

Woof Woof

November 13th, 2009
9:01 am

Every year Georgie has a top 10 recruiting class, yet they still can’t get the job done; no national championship in the last ~29 years. This streak I fear will continue in the future, Georgie will be behind Florida, Bama, LSU, and now UT in the SEC.

BigMike Said

November 13th, 2009
9:03 am

Chip can you please explain that last line about the #4 in the nation recruiting? Considering that some of those players are in this class, it didn’t work out to well Chip. Numbers mean nothing, there are athletes, and there are football players. Right now, this day, this year, UGA has more athletes than football players. Be careful Chip what you write, some of us really know football. Me I played it in the Big Ten!!!

Auburn Pride

November 13th, 2009
9:04 am

Too bad these recruits will be watching a program that has steadily declined the last few years.

But good for AUBURN – that these recruits will be watching one of the worst UGA teams in 20 years. This is a pathetic team that has not been coached up at all.

UGA teams will fight and have spirit – but will lose to Auburn by at leat 2 touchdowns.

Look for UGA offense to come out conservatine “trying to establish a run” while Auburns Offense comes out aggressive.

Look for UGA ’s defense to give up some early scores putting UGA in an early hole…..and Auburn keeping up the pressure.

Look for UGA to lose in the penalty and turn over margin catagories in this game.

Yes – this will be a frustrating game for UGA fans.

Auburn wins BIG – 41-17.

WAR EAGLE!!!!!

GSU dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:04 am

Marcus Lattimore will also be there. This is HUGE.

Where's my crack pipe?

November 13th, 2009
9:04 am

How many D-Cordinator prospects do we have coming in this weekend??? That is WTF I want to know.

turkey

November 13th, 2009
9:07 am

Man is Georgia going to lose some recruits this weekend. When they see how inept Willie, Bobo and Fabris are, they are going to think no way I want to be on such a disfunctional team. The cancer (Martinez) is starting to spread.

BigMike Said

November 13th, 2009
9:08 am

You can bring a #1 at every position, and as long as Willie is running the show it want matter…..On a much better note, now we know why Lame Kiffin was talking so much shizell. When you recruiting Armed Robbers Lame you might want to shut the smuck up !!!!

BigCheddar Said...

November 13th, 2009
9:11 am

Can we also bring in 25 D-Coordinators to apply for the position?

SimpleDawg

November 13th, 2009
9:11 am

The #4 recruiting class in the country in 2006…….

5 – 4 thru 9 games in 2009……

Not even on the 2009 National Rankings radar.

What happened?

We must’ve dropped a few stars somewhere between then and now.

Dawg Fud

November 13th, 2009
9:11 am

successful recruiting is irrelevant if our coaches coach like numnuts…

BigMike Said...

November 13th, 2009
9:19 am

Chip whwere you at man?

Woof Woof

November 13th, 2009
9:21 am

Goes to show you that recruiting stars mean jack sh!t.

shards1967

November 13th, 2009
9:25 am

Brian Van Gorder is our man as HEAD COACH at UGA. He would bring in kick butt coaches with his same attitude and instead of saying “let us pray”, he would say “let us prey on the opponent”. THAT will make a difference. Church talk is for church and football is for kicking butt ……..like UT,LSU and BAMA and Florida and tomorrow Auburn and sadly, Tech last and this year. UGH!!

Make the needed changes in three more games. Enough is enough folks!!!

UGA can rise to the upper levels of the SEC within two easy years with a tough minded head coach and COMPETENT assist coaches.

UGA, class of 71 & 73

Scoob

November 13th, 2009
9:42 am

GSU Dawg, Marcus Lattimore isn’t coming until January. Unfortunately, he won’t be up in Athens this weekend.

Eddie

November 13th, 2009
9:48 am

What a collection of numskulls! For you Georgia “fans”, which I frankly don’t believe, why would you say the stupid things you are saying where potential recruits can read it. As far as the Aubie fan–you must be kidding. Coach Richt will make the needed changes AFTER the season and he does not need to go anywhere.

89EAGLE

November 13th, 2009
9:53 am

shards1967

BVG would wreck UGA if he were the head coach. Jump on him and see what happens.

Law Dawg

November 13th, 2009
9:57 am

Is anyone else ready to include Caleb King and Richard Samuel along with some of the great recruiting busts of the past several years (see Brandon Miller and Darius Dewberry)?

Rome Dawg

November 13th, 2009
10:01 am

Shards…what’ve you been drinking? VanGorder? Head Coach? Did you miss the fumbling, stumbling mess that was his one year stint as head man at Georgia Southern? Some guys are built to be head coaches and some as co-ordinators, and I think Van Gorder is a co-ordinator. Besides, he’s in the NFL now, and the next step up for him would be an NFL head job.

LSU Man

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

I see Richt is going down to the state of Florida to recruit..he better hurry up and get to the jails quicker than Kiffin,Meyer,Saban and Spurrier!

Chip Towers

November 13th, 2009
10:03 am

BigMike Said: Not sure what you need explained about that last line. The 2006 recruiting class, many of which would have been in attendance that day in 2005, ended up with a national ranking of No. 4, your or my opinions of recruiting rankings notwithstanding. And that group finished No. 2 in the nation in the final football polls of 2007. 2006 (9-4) and 2008 (10-3) weren’t great years by Georgia’s recent standards. But that means that 2006 incoming class won 30 games in three years, which is pretty good. And it’s way better than anything Minnesota has done in a three-year stretch in, what, a few decades? ;-)

Gravy Train

November 13th, 2009
10:16 am

Hey Big Mike, we are meant to think what by your saying that you played in the big ten? You are too slow? You didn’t win many football games? You made a practice out of what it means to be a new years cupcake for a southern team (if you made a bowl game)?

Delta is ready when you are.

Chip Towers

November 13th, 2009
10:19 am

GSU Dawg: Lattimore not coming to Athens on an official visit until Jan. 29. He’s supposed to be at Florida-S. Carolina game this weekend. . . .

Auburn Pride: Not to defend Georgia or anything, but not sure how 21 wins the two seasons before this one can be classified as a “steady decline.” Just for the sake of comparison, let’s put Auburn and Georgia side by side the last five seasons:
Year, AU/GA, Head-to-head
2005, 9-3/10-3, AU wins
2006, 11-2/9-4, GA wins
2007, 9-4/11-2, GA wins
2008, 5-7/10-3, GA wins
2009, 7-3/5-4, ???
Total, 41-18/45-16, GA 3-1

I would say that looks like two solid football programs with Georgia having the upper hand over “the last few years.”

Stevie Janowski

November 13th, 2009
10:22 am

BigMike == Douchebag Do you want a cookie for playing in the Big 10, if that is even true. If so, big freakin’ deal. Golf clap for BigMike!!! Yeah, he played football, isn’t he cool?!?!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

November 13th, 2009
10:23 am

50 % talent and 50% coaching = winning obviously UGA is missing something in both areas.

jbts30228

November 13th, 2009
10:27 am

BVG is a terrible head coach. Look what he did the one year he stayed at Ga. Southern.

getthepicturenow

November 13th, 2009
10:33 am

I agree with what a poster said a before, lets represent ourselves DawgNation. If things start to go sour lets keep our cool and stay behind our team. After the events in knoxville lets show these recruits what a real fan base is. Show up, be there for the Dawg-Walk, and lets make Sanford Stadium louder than its ever been. What a way to show these young guys what the Georgia Way is all about. Go Dawgs

59bulldawg

November 13th, 2009
10:33 am

LOL! Crack pipe you crack me up! But well said!

GeoffDawg

November 13th, 2009
10:43 am

Wow, Chip’s feeling pretty feisty today. Way to own the idiots Chip.

gator dawgpounder

November 13th, 2009
10:56 am

As your previous top 10 classes have gone; what happens to the talent when they get here? It is one of, it not the most beautiful settings in all of college football, but something happens. When you recruit so many out of state top 5 players at their positions, it seems that they end up being me players (knowshon, stafford, etc….) instead of players who want to win championships. Isn’t it great that NuKeese went to Tenn!!!!

cantondawg

November 13th, 2009
11:06 am

Shards1967,

I’m a huge UGA fan and Georgia Southern alumnus and the last thing we need is for BVG as our head coach. He basically destroyed the GSU football program in one year. He had the worst record in GSU history 3-8. This was after a 10-3 record which saw GSU make it to the second round of the playoffs. He was so stupid that he moved the SC conference player of the year Jason Foster from Quarterback to WR and rarely gave him the ball. It was miserable to watch. He’s a great DC but a horrible head coach. He left after 1 year..What a quitter

Anonymous

November 13th, 2009
11:06 am

“The Bulldogs’ Class of 2006 was ranked No. 4 in the nation.”

And just look at what you’ve done with it!

Saint Simmons

November 13th, 2009
11:12 am

The only Big Ten Mike ever played was his right hand and left hand.

On another note, guys I am changing my ways and not bashing the Dawgs anymore. I have really just been trying to make up for my lack of manhood : )

Sorry Guys

cantondawg

November 13th, 2009
11:14 am

Recruiting wise, I’m a bit puzzled why UGA doesn’t recruit more Junior college players. I don’t think we should load our rosters with them. But i think this year we should try to sign at least a stud DE from the junior colleges. The pass rush is one of most glaring problem areas and it usually takes a couple of years for the DE to mature. It looks like we have a good one in Montez Robinson but we need at least one of two more for next season that are ready to play now.

Nick

November 13th, 2009
11:19 am

While our players are being arrested for minor traffic offenses, Tennessee’s are being arrested for armed robbery! Keep up the good work, Lane! You tool.

The Truth

November 13th, 2009
11:20 am

Georgia is the best place for any student athlete to play. Attention great recuits. Come on down! We need you. We want you. And we love you. God Bless.

dawgrific

November 13th, 2009
11:21 am

Nice job “straightening-out” the morons Chip. I like how these teams that we have owned lately try to use selective perception and “send messages,” which are exaggerated or untrue, about the state of our program. One so-so year doesn’t erase what this program has done this decade-Minus a national championship, we have been QUITE solid, and we will be right back up there again VERY SOON.

td

November 13th, 2009
11:27 am

shards1967, You wanting BVG as the head coach is all I need to know about you. I bet you are also one of the people at the games telling people to sit down in front of you? If you hate your school this much then please give up your season tickets, burn your dawg gear and jump on the GT bandwagon. I think instead of purging the coaching staff it may be time to start purging some of the disloyal, fair weather fan base.

Chris

November 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Auburn Pride HA HA HA Chip told you!!!

southern star

November 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Auburn Pride,

How can you come in here and talk trash about a program who has beaten you the last three years? Shouldn’t you be on some birmingham website? Oh… thats right, the war birds get no coverage, due to the shadow of the elephant!
UGA will put it all together this weekend, four in row… how sweet it is. By the way we have double the sec championships as Auburn has all time!
12 for the belvoed dawgs and 6 for the Tigers.

Go DAWGS!!!!!!

Paddy

November 13th, 2009
11:35 am

A few of these “blue chip” players and their parents are going to feel slighted. Just not enough time to spend when 300 folks all walking around looking for information and answers. You only get a limited number of times to impress a family. This looks like it could do more harm than good. Hope I am wrong, we can use a bunch of good players.
Go Dawgs

Paddy

November 13th, 2009
11:40 am

shards1967….BVG did not do a very good job at little boy football as head coach. I doubt any Univ. President is going to trust him with a big boy football program. Leave him right where he is; a great D coordinator.

John H

November 13th, 2009
11:58 am

If my memory serves me correctly, the 2006 recruiting class included the services of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and Asher Allen, all of which departed prior to this year. That could go just a little ways in explaining the disconnect in the #4 recruiting class and where this team “should” be according to said rankings… If those three stay for this year, I believe the record just may be a little different… And if you care to look at the rest of that class, both Geno Atkins and Reshad Jones are still making great contributions and could play at the next level. Just saying you can only keep them for three years for sure, this is a much different team if the ENTIRE ‘06 recruiting class were still playing.

BigMike Said....

November 13th, 2009
12:01 pm

Saint Simmon, Never had to plat with right or left hand son. I had your mom as one of the groupie hanger ons knocking at athletes doors. She got rejected and met your father. From which your loser azz came from. Stop walking Tech’s campus and telling people you go there homo!!

matt

November 13th, 2009
12:02 pm

Not making excuses…but weren’t Moreno, Stafford and Allen in the 2006 class?